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For those not familiar with Dorothy Height:

“an American administrator and educator, was a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.”

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Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

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Shepherd’s Row, circa 1880. The Shepherd Mansion is on the left. (Source: Library of Congress).

The stately former mansion of “Boss” Alexander Shepherd on the northeast corner of Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW was one of the most prominent of the great houses that lined K Street during the Gilded Age. Designed by famed architect Adolf Cluss, the house was an emphatic expression of wealth and power. While Shepherd lived there for only a few years, its prominence in Washington’s social life endured for another half century as diplomats and industrialists made it their home and held lavish parties in its ornate reception rooms. “Palatial in size and fittings, magnificently furnished, an example of the union of great wealth and noble tastes,” The Washington Post concluded in 1899.

Alexander Shepherd

The rise and fall of Alexander Robey Shepherd (1835-1902), one of the most important figures in D.C. government in the post Civil War era, is a well-known story, but only recently has a complete biography of this complex individual been published. John P. Richardson’s Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital offers a balanced and clear-eyed view of a man who has been vilified as often as he’s been celebrated. (more…)

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Jane Bennett Clark via @JaneBClark

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at approximately 6:44 pm.

The bicyclist was traveling southbound on 13th Street, Northwest toward the intersection of I Street, Northwest, when a pedestrian began stepping off the southwest curb in the crosswalk. The bicyclist struck the pedestrian causing her to fall to the ground. The bicyclist remained on scene. DC Fire and EMS transported the pedestrian to an area hospital for treatment.

On Friday, March 10, 2017, the victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 65-year-old Jane Bennett Clark, of Takoma Park, MD.

This case remains under investigation. The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at 202-727-9099.”

The Washington Post reported:

“Clark was a senior editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, according to the Kiplinger website.”

Kiplinger’s website says in full:

“Senior Editor
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Clark covers all facets of retirement and writes a bimonthly column that takes a fresh, sometimes provocative look at ways to approach life after a career. She also oversees the annual Kiplinger rankings for best values in public and private colleges and universities and spearheads the annual “Best Cities” feature. Clark is a graduate of Northwestern University.”

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Star photo collection at MLK courtesy Council of DC

From a press release:

“The event is free and open to the public, no RSVP needed.

Details: Tomorrow (March 9), 6PM, Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (must use rear/D Street entrance). Event is in the Council Chamber (a rare non-legislative event in that venue).

On March 9, 1977, a dozen gunmen seized control of three District buildings (the Wilson/District Building, the B’nai B’rith International headquarters, and the Islamic Center of Washington). They took nearly 150 people hostage. WHUR radio journalist Maurice Williams was killed and security guard Mack Cantrell was mortally wounded. Then-Councilmember Marion Barry was also shot.

On March 9, 2017, the Council will remember one of the most terrible days in the District’s history, 40 years later.

Panel Discussion

The 40th Anniversary commemoration will consist of two parts. The first will be a panel discussion among participants in the 1977 drama. Pat Collins, who himself covered the incident for Channel 9 at the time, will lead a discussion among these panelists (listed with their 1977 titles):

Arrington Dixon, Ward 4 Councilmember (1975-1979)
Maurice Cullinane, the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (1974-1978)
Earl Silbert, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (1974-1979)
Mark Tuohey, Assistant US Attorney (1973-1977)

The panelists will discuss the earlier 1973 mass murder that motivated the 1977 perpetrators, the experiences the hostages faced, their first-hand memories of the three besieged buildings during and after the crisis, and the subsequent trial of the hostage takers.

The panel discussion will be held on March 9 at 6PM in the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Enter the building via the rear (D Street) entrance.

Photo Exhibit

The photo exhibit will primarily focus on the siege of the Wilson/District Building. It will be presented in the hallway outside the Council Chamber where much of the siege activity occurred. A number of the photos have not previously been published. When possible, photos will be displayed in the exact location they depict.

About the Hanafi Siege (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Developers started to dig up a parking lot in NoMa but have found brick outlines which are now being carefully sifted through. We’re all really curious to know what they might have found!”

Ed. Note: I asked former ANC Rep Tony Goodman about this and he says it’s the future FCC building at 45 and 55 L Street, NE.

Another reader with a different angle writes:

“it looks like there are old brick foundations/sidewalks beneath the parking lot they are digging up.”

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